At the dawn of the twentieth century, downtown Pendleton’s second story offered a diverse set of services.

Water stains and other damage in a room on the second floor of the Woodsmen of the World building on Southeast Court Avenue in Pendleton.

Water stains and other damage in a room on the second floor of the Woodsmen of the World building on Southeast Court Avenue in Pendleton.

E. J. Harris/East Oregonian

Boarding houses, meeting halls, a gymnasium and more could all be found on the second floor of Pendleton’s merchant quarter. But decades of neglect left many of them unused.

The Pendleton Development Commission is eager to revive downtown’s second story spaces and invited several building owners to a design meeting at city hall Thursday in its ongoing attempt to invest in renovating them.

The commission hired LRS Architects of Portland to tour the buildings and create floor plans that would show owners how modern apartments or offices would fit in these historic spaces.

Read more at The East Oregonian.